A bread roll by any other name …

In most of Germany bread rolls are called “Brötchen”. In Bavaria, though, they are called “Semmel”. And they don’t hold back in telling you. I was at the bakery today and asked the young lady for 2 Brötchen. While she was getting them, her colleague piped up from the back that they are called Semmel!…

What now? The Challenges of Change…

It’s funny how an impending change makes you look at your current situation very differently. Makes you realise how good it is in so many ways. And makes you realise how much is still on your bucket or to-do list… A month ago our company informed us that certain departments would be relocated from Germany…

What a Madiba weekend!

In bed, on my cellphone at 11pm. That’s where I found out about Madiba’s death. Something I had been expecting on many a morning while reading the news on my smartphone in bed. And then it came at night for many of us. I had heard my phone bleep a couple of times, but ignored…

Chernobyl

Exactly 2 years ago I spent 2 months in Europe, visiting family & friends and trying to decide what to do with the rest of my life. This is the time I first considered going to visit the site of the (then) largest nuclear accident – Chernobyl. Instead, I used those few days in a…

Babyn Yar – the horror at Kyiv

Babyn Yar (or Babi Yar) At the end of September of 1941, the Nazi occupiers of Kiev in the Ukraine put up notices to say that all Jewish residents of the city were to report at 08h00 on 29 September with their papers, valuables and basic clothing. “Translation of the document: All Jews of the…

A Tale of Various Cities – Part I: Dubai

10 days that felt like 3 weeks – proving again that the act of “living in the moment” while travelling is so very good for you. I am physically tired, but mentally recharged and stimulated after so very many impressions.   It was always going to be interesting, combining Dubai, Kiev and Chernobyl. The reply…

Munich summer days and nights

Now that summer has finally arrived in Munich, we’re all looking for interesting spots to be outside for a drink, a bite or time with our friends – or all 3. A great spot i discovered this evening is “Paterstrand” – a beach cafe vibe restaurant right next to the Isar on Praterinsel. Sand between…